Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is it a new part for 2H 2008 TECHNIC Sets !?

As it has been discussed today in several forums, between enthusiasts, a new TECHNIC part seems to have been found among the new sets for the 2nd half.

A new steering arm variant. Look at the photos below and if you realize into the details, it turns clear that this part has differences when compared to all its known predecessors.

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It doesn't seem to be, none of the illustrated below. Instead it looks like a shorter version of 32195b, with axle holes.

Steering Arm 6.5x2 with Towball Socket (on the left) and Steering Suspension Link with Arm (on the rigth)

The 'Steering Arm 6.5x2 with Towball Socket' illustrated above, had three small variations across the years (2738, 32195a and 32195b) which have been used in many sets (mainly supercars).
The part on the right shows more similarities with what we can see on the new images, but the ball joint doesn't seem very useful to connect with the actual 'Steering Gear' (x873c01) which is supposed to be found in the model, connecting the wheels to the suspension. Also the front part joining both side liftarms, doesn't fit what can be seen from the new 8297 B-model photos.

As a matter of curiosity, it seems also that "old" steering arms (the ones at left, from above) used for instance at Enzo 1:10 and Fiorano, are still used in the rear axle suspension arms of this B-model and presumably at the 8297 main model (Off Roader) too. So, it would mean a mix design in what concerns steering/suspension arms.


TJ Avery said...

Another new steering part? Just what we need! :-)

These specialized steering assemblies haven't been so great in past sets. They always seem to suffer from 1) limited turning radius, and 2) having some highly specialized part in the assembly.

The steering assemblies of the 8466 4x4 Off Roader were a new step forward for LEGO, but they were terrible in use (extremely limited turning radius - it was way too large) and highly specialized parts (only available in that set).

Hopefully LEGO has improved on this type of specialized steering in these new sets. I'm sure it will be composed of some new, specialized part, but I'm hoping the turning radius will be much tighter!


Conchas said...

Hi TJ, nice to see you back here.

Regarding the new steering arms, I believe they will be just shorter versions, of the latest existing ones.
Also I do believe they will connect to this x873c01 existing part.
I think this is the 8466 part you refer, however it appeared also into a few later TECHNIC cars (not supercars anymore, of course).

If this is the case, I don't expect the turning radius you refer, to improve a lot... But lets wait and see. ;)

Rohan said...

I'm actually more annoyed at his part:

Only appears in 1 set!

I actually have enough parts (apart from 2 of these), to build the 8448 Super Street Car... but of course, it's next to impossible to find anywhere, apart from buying the whole kit (expensive)


Conchas said...

Yes, that one is difficult!
You can find just a few, left at Bricklink. ;)

Rohan said...

hey.. you just got my hopes up!
just looked then, and just a lonely & useless 1 for sale :(

anyway.. I think I can probably build 8448 with the 8466 steering assembly, and it'll be close enough.


solic said...

Here we got a picture of 8157 with the same new part:

Conchas said...

At least we can better see it now! ;)

An useful and compact design for TECHNIC, I believe!

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